Brno: Ducati race report

DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT BRNO Brno (Czech Republic), Sunday 23 July: Ducati Xerox Team riders Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi had two below-par races in the seventh round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno today....

DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT BRNO

Brno (Czech Republic), Sunday 23 July: Ducati Xerox Team riders Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi had two below-par races in the seventh round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno today. Bayliss was eliminated by Regis Laconi in a first-corner first-lap incident in the opening counter, while Lanzi struggled with lack of grip in his front tyre and had to come into the pits for a change. Both riders then suffered with severe lack of grip in the second race and could only manage eighth and ninth. Troy Bayliss's lead in the championship with five rounds remaining is now 73 points.

"The whole day had been going to plan up until the first corner and I guess you could say it was one of those racing incidents" explained Troy. "Pitty got in a little hot and bumped into me which pushed me wide. Regis had already gone wide and then ran into me as well, down I went and that was my morning over. Like I said before you never know with racing what's around the corner. In the second race I had to work harder than to have a win but I only lost four points and I have to take it on the chin and move on. Lorenzo gave me a place at the end and you never know a point could be important at the end of the year. I put a softer tyre on for race 2 but after two laps my grip was going down and I had to ride it home, but even that was a struggle."

"We had been protagonists all weekend and had set quickest time in the morning warm-up. There was just time for a bit of relaxation and ....then two races to forget" declared Lorenzo. "For the second race I had managed to sort out the front but then I had problems with the rear. Me and my team are a bit disappointed to say the least. We worked hard as always, we were looking good on the front row and ready for two good races. The conditions were the same as yesterday, the same as in the tests, I don't know what else I can say. Now let's move onto the next round and hopefully things will be better at Brands Hatch."

-www.ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Lorenzo Lanzi , Laconi Régis